Building a wardrobe is something that can seem daunting, especially if you’re stylistically challenged.
However, what few men realize is how easy it can be once you have the basics down. It really boils down to having a few must-have items that will serve you for different occasions. Some of your items can be used in different settings, while some pieces might be worn practically every day. The goal is knowing what these essentials are, then using them as a foundation for your style. Let’s take a look at a few pieces every man should have in their closet.
A White Oxford Shirt
This is probably one of the first, and most important pieces of clothing every man should have. A white Oxford shirt will come in handy if you need to attend a formal event, or if you need to get dressed up for an interview. They could also be dressed down if you need to.
If you want to get something that will be versatile, go for a shirt with a slight blue tinge to it. Most “white” Oxford shirts will not be solid white. Some will have a yellowish tint to them, for instance. If you go with one with a bluish tint, it will work with virtually all colors, including navy and gray.
We also suggest that you have it tailored. An Oxford that doesn’t fit well will look oversized and unkempt. You don’t necessarily need to have it tailored from scratch. You could simply find a quality shirt and bring it in for alterations.
A Pair of Luxury Sneakers
Every man should have at least one pair of luxury sneakers in their closet. These could be worn at work and can transition well into a night outfit. Also, it’s a great option if you’re looking for something to wear on a night on the town.
If you’re going to buy luxury sneakers, however, make sure that they come from the right source and brand. Some brands will just overcharge you for the brand, but don’t offer much in terms of quality. If you want a sure bet, check out the Givenchy sneakers sold by SSENSE. You can get a pair from this collection if you’re looking for something simple that will work with virtually any outfit. They also have some funkier pairs that will stand out if you’re going for the funky streetwear look.
Every man should also have a pair of dark denim pants in their collection. Don’t go for a pair with a complex watch or with heavy distressing as your first pant. Go for something that will work with a wide variety of outfits. Dark denim can be dressed up with a blazer and the Oxford shirt you picked earlier for a business casual look or as an evening outfit. It can also be dressed down with your new luxury sneakers and a vintage shirt. A nice pair of dark denim will be the star of your wardrobe and can be useful in all sorts of settings.
Cashmere might seem like an extravagance, but it’s really a must-have item. This is another piece that can be worn on all sorts of occasions and can come in handy. Cashmere shirts are classic, comfortable, and are a perfect piece, whether you’re meeting your future wife’s parents for the first time or heading to the Poconos for the holidays.
If you’re struggling to decide on a color, try to go for solid, classic colors. Navy, cream, dark red, brown, and black all are winners. Avoid patterns if you want something that will be timeless.
You can’t have a wardrobe without a blazer in it, and your best bet is to go for a blue blazer if you want something that can be worn either in a business setting or could be tossed over a cool tee for a concert date.
This is another piece you should consider having tailored. If you’ve worn a blazer before and didn’t like it, it was probably because it wasn’t tailored to your body. Having a tailor make one for you could be a life-changer.
A Polo Shirt
If you have nothing but t-shirts and jeans in your closet, you should switch things up with a few polos as well. Polos serve the same function as a t-shirt but look classier and more professional. All you have to do is throw a blazer over them, and you have something that will look good on casual Fridays. Make sure you have a few solid-colored polos and some with some patterns or stripes.
These few essentials should be in every man’s closet. Make sure to pick pieces that fit your personal style, and always try to purchase classic pieces instead of shopping for trends.